Vacationers In South Carolina Find $800K Worth Of Cocaine Washed Ashore
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
A family visiting South Carolina fished something a little more exciting than a message in a bottle out of the Atlantic ocean: a package that ended up containing about 20 kilograms of cocaine. That's a value of almost $800,000.
The County sheriff said the family, who is remaining anonymous to protect their safety, was walking along Fripp Island when they spotted the trash bag-wrapped package floating in the water. They dragged it onto the beach and lugged it to their rental in a golf cart, later slicing it open to discover bricks of white powder.
That's when alarm bells went off, and they contacted the authorities.
Officials are now working to determine its origin.
The sheriff said narcotics don't frequently wash up in the county, and suspects that Hurricane Dorian may have pushed it ashore.
"It's infrequent. Obviously during the '70 to '80s international drug trade was a lot more prevalent," said Maj. Bob Bromage. "But over the past three decades? Maybe a handful of times."
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.